|Sample cookies on a computer|
|A look inside a cookie text file|
Tracking cookies can be a pain in the neck, like when you visit an online store for a product and later an ad for the product appears on other sites you visit for who knows how long. Many believe, including me, this is an invasion of privacy.
According to the Tom's Guide website, tracking cookies are "specialized versions of cookies that record your entries and report them back to wherever the cookies' designer wants your data to go." Some cookies are designed to send specific user information, which can include names and addresses, back to the tracker host.
Why I Use Two Browsers
My browser of choice for my Smartphone is Ghostery and I use the Ghostery Browser Extension for my computer. Both are free.
According to their site, "Ghostery offers a free browser extension and mobile browser that make browsing the internet cleaner, faster, and safer. Ghostery detects and blocks tracking technologies on the websites you visit to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data and privacy. It also keeps you informed on what companies are tracking you and gives you the tools you need to determine what to block and when."
What are browser cookies? - PC Tools by Symantec
wikiHow to Disable Cookies - wikiHow
Tracking Cookies: What They Are, and How They Threaten Your Privacy - Tom's Guide